Mail-in Ballots are on their way!
Original post made by H. Paul Balle on May 7, 2012
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It is time to choose! For many in Contra Costa County there appears to be no choice for supervisor, and other offices, except to simply not vote. But there is a choice available to simply be counted among those that wanted a choice other than an incumbent running without challenge or candidates that simply do not match voters' will and interests.
As your ballot arrives, please take time to evaluate every ballot candidate to determine who deserves your expression of freedom in your right to choose. You do have a choice!
#1 You can select a candidate that most closely matches your will and interests.
#2 OR you can determine that no candidate for any specific office matches your will and interests and SKIP that portion of the ballot.
#3 OR you can fully express your belief that no candidate matches your will and interests by writing in OTHER and checking the box next to it.
If you choose OTHER, your vote will be counted as part of the electronic tally at Contra Costa Elections Division as your expression among many that you were looking for OTHER choices in who shall represent YOU. That message will have impact in several ways:
#1 The elected candidate will know that dissatisfaction existed in the district to be served and outreach and engagement will be necessary to have the support of district voters, their communities and neighborhoods.
#2 The prospective candidates that decided not to run will be encouraged to reconsider in the next election. Please note, if you were to write-in that preferred candidate's name, that vote would be counted as OTHER.
#3 Most importantly, the various political consortiums that maintain the status quo in Contra Costa politics will be on notice that voters are not satisfied.
It is time to choose!
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on May 7, 2012 at 5:14 pm
Hal, or whoever you are posting as today,
Your bias, vendetta, infatuation and fixation is showing again! Why are you always thinking you need to school everyone? I have no doubt qualified voters know what their options are-without you playing daddy.
You know, I know, and many readers know you live in District 2, where there are two qualified candidates. You do not live in District 3 or District 5 where there is a single candidate for each contest. No matter how you try, Mary Piepho and Federal Glover win by default.
You are welcome to look at any of the past election results Web Link
and see that when people vote "other", they are simply throwing their votes away. It happens every election, no matter whom the candidate (running uncontested). For the most part the candidates themselves pay little attention to "other" as those votes are not quantified or qualified.
If voting "other" makes you feel better about yourself in a make believe world of what matters than that is your right. Other than that, it really makes no difference, sends no message and puts no one on notice. You need to get over your minor league crush. Your message has no impact except to further identify your deep seated frustrations.
on May 7, 2012 at 6:50 pm
Dear Gina and Mary,
Thank you for your commentary as Informed Resident. So very clarifying as to why a majority vote for OTHER becomes so very important.
on May 7, 2012 at 10:19 pm
You really ought to stop assuming so much-maybe loosen the strap on that tin foil hat of yours. I am not Mary and I am not Gina, but at least I always post as the same person and state my case clearly.
Keep it up, you are just painting yourself into a corner again and again.